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Protein_Total_serum.php

Protein, Total, Serum Test

This test is used to evaluate nutritional status, investigate edema and as part of an investigation into various liver, kidney and gastrointestinal diseases. Very low total protein (<4 g/dL) and low albumin cause edema (eg, the nephrotic syndromes).

Causes of high total protein: dehydration; some cases of chronic liver disease, including chronic active hepatitis and cirrhosis; neoplasms, especially myeloma; macroglobulinemia of Waldenström; tropical diseases (eg, kala-azar, leprosy, and others); granulomatous diseases, such as sarcoidosis; diseases in which total protein is sometimes high include collagen disease (eg, lupus erythematosus (SLE), and other instances of chronic infection/inflammation).

Causes of low total protein: pregnancy; intravenous fluids; cirrhosis or other liver disease, including chronic alcoholism; prolonged immobilization; heart failure; nephrotic syndromes; glomerulonephritis; neoplasia; protein losing enteropathies; Crohn disease and chronic ulcerative colitis; starvation, malabsorption or malnutrition; hyperthyroidism; burns; severe skin disease; and other chronic diseases.

A significant deviation from the normal range may require further evaluation by your physician.

Private MD Lab Services offers the following test for protein, total, serum:

Protein, Total, Serum Test $47.49 Add To Cart
 

 
























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